Police Week Remembers Fallen Officers

Published 05/05 2014 06:12PM

Updated 05/05 2014 06:31PM

It is police week in Greater Binghamton.

An impressive and sobering procession of police cars with their lights on made their way from Binghamton University to Binghamton City Hall for a memorial service and flag raising this morning.

There are about 40 officers who have been killed in the line of duty while serving in law enforcement agencies from around our region.

Mayor Rich David was the keynote speaker.

Binghamton and Johnson City Police Chief Joe Zikuski says the recent loss of J.C. Police Officer David Smith was heavy on everyone's hearts.

"I was thinking about his family, how they're feeling. I just spoke to his mother, father, son and wife, you think about what they're going through. This is just the beginning for them. It's going to be a long healing process. You can't help it, you just have to think about what happened about a month ago and it brings us all back to reality that it's something that could happen today," said Zikuski.

The names of officers who were killed in the line of duty were also read while roses were placed at the memorial outside of city hall.

Officer David Smith's name was on the roll call.

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